Robin As My Guide-The Quirky Girl’s Friend


I’d like for everyone who loves Robin Gibb to believe the lyrics of the song “Give A Hand, Take a Hand” from the Mr. Natural album:

“Now when my fight for life on earth is over

And I leave ’cause I can’t stay
All my love belongs to you hereafter
And we’ll all join hands another day”

Please enjoy this wonderful new story….

May 10, 2013

Robin As My Guide:The Quirky Girl’s Friend

Mary Anne

Washington, DC

When I was young, I was the quirky girl in school. I was an only child, and I was pretty lonely as well. I loved music,though, and this was my outlet when I’d get down on myself. I loved the Bee Gees and had the biggest crush on Robin Gibb. I imagined him as my friend and played his music every day. He was my imaginary protector. When I’d have a bad day at school, I’d come home and listen to the Bee Gees sing to me. A bad day usually involved being chosen last for softball or any other sport in gym class. I wasn’t part of the “in crowd”, never was a cheerleader or a popular girl. I wasn’t really nerdy, mostly I was shy, but I dressed differently if I thought the fads were stupid, so I wasn’t following the crowds. I thought huge bell bottoms were ugly and I didn’t wear big shoulder pads, had no leg warmers and definitely didn’t have a pet rock. I loved that Robin looked different like me. He had his own unique way about him, and he was outspoken and interesting and smart. I loved that his singing voice was so recognizable. No one could ever sound like Robin. Again, he was different, but people accepted him and loved the way he sang. He really helped me get through high school because he acted the way I wanted to act. I thought he balanced with Barry because Barry was the older, more rock star kind of guy and so perfect looking. Robin appealed to me on a spiritual level. It’s hard to explain how difficult it is to be in school and have to fight feelings of insecurity and loneliness. I always felt like Robin would like me no matter what. He was the most important person in my musical world, and this didn’t change as I became an adult. I always felt that he guided me along. When he sang songs like “Heart Like Mine” and “I Will”, I’d melt just like I did as a young girl. His affect never diminished. He just got better and better as a singer and as a person, and I wanted to be like him. Although my feelings of insecurity are sometimes with me even now, I try to think of what Robin would do or say, and i try to deal with problems just as he did. He kept on and worked hard and never backed down no matter what he was dealing with. The fact that he had the most amazing voice to go along with the man he was is the great perk for me. I loved him when I was 13 and not just as a singer. That didn’t ever change. My life would have been so much harder if Robin Gibb wasn’t a part of who I am.

About morobinbarrystories

Anne Jakowenko, the blog author, has been loving the Bee Gees for decades while raising her sons and teaching college students Speech Communication and English skills at her alma mater, Syracuse University, where she received her Master’s degree. She has also taught for SUNY Oswego and Barry University. Currently, Anne is teaching for the State College of Florida while she continues to collect stories for her book, My Life with the Boys.
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3 Responses to Robin As My Guide-The Quirky Girl’s Friend

  1. Amber says:

    I always thought that Robin Gibb was a friend of mine no matter what kind of mood I was in the music of The Bee Gees always made me feel better and brighten up my days.

  2. Donya Wicken says:

    Thank you for this nice blog article. I think Robin is looking out for us, his kindred spirits. People who are into spirituality believe in spirit guides. I think Robin has become one. I feel his presence often.

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